Researchers taking data in a melted area of the Arctic Ocean ice pack (source: U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory)

Lakehead University’s Centre for Northern Studies will host four internationally renowned speakers on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 as part of their forum on Rapid Change and the Future of Canada’s North.

Speakers include Dr. John Smol, a biology professor with Queen’s University, who recently appeared on an episode of the CBC documentary series The Nature of Things, Juli Abouchar, a partner in Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and professor of Human Geography, Dr. Dieter Muller of Umea University in Sweden and Dr. David Hik, biology professor with the University of Alberta. The forum will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 15 in Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin auditorium (BL – 1001) and will continue on Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm in the University Centre lower lecture theatre (UC – 0050).

The speakers will discuss a variety of topics, such as reconciling development and Aboriginal rights, northern tourism and cultural geography with perspectives from the Swedish north, and ecological changes and evolutionary implications in arctic ecosystems.

Rapid changes in the environment will have dramatic effects on all aspects of life, legalities, and research in Northern Canada. This information should be of interest to all citizens of Northwestern Ontario. The conference is free for the public and all are welcome.